WASHINGTON (Aug. 22, 2016) – The R Street Institute today announced the addition of Arthur Rizer as justice policy director and senior fellow.

Before joining R Street, Arthur was associate professor at West Virginia University College of Law and visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He previously spent nine years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department.

“Arthur’s addition represents an important step for R Street, reflecting our commitment to increased involvement in the field of criminal-justice reform,” R Street Institute President Eli Lehrer said. “Arthur’s experience is second-to-none and I’m pleased that the next chapter in his already impressive career will be as part of our team.”

“I am excited to be joining the R Street Institute team,” Rizer said. “There is nothing more rewarding or important than helping ensure that those who have the smallest voices are not lost in our system and promoting justice reform, where needed, to secure the American dream for everyone.”

Arthur served as a military police and armor officer in the reserve and active U.S. Army. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the West Virginia National Guard. In the military, Arthur was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals. Before law school, Arthur also worked as a civilian police officer in Washington State.

Arthur earned his Master of Laws, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Command Staff College. Arthur currently is pursuing his doctorate at Oxford University’s Faculty of Law, focusing his studies on criminology. He has written three books and numerous articles on a variety of topics, including persuasive speaking and writing, immigration, national security, criminal justice and constitutional law.